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Columbia River Gorge: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

1. Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

Take your favorite person to a romantic dinner on the beautiful Columbia Gorge as you learn about the area in the historical Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler boat in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Start your experience with the meal service which includes freshly-baked bread, a house salad, your choice of a plated entrée, and a house dessert. For the plated entrée, you will have a choice onboard between poultry, beef, vegetarian, or seafood. During the meal, take in the sights on the Columbia River while the captain narrates the history and folklore that makes the gorge so unique.

Cascade Locks: 1-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

2. Cascade Locks: 1-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler in Cascade Locks and travel down the Columbia George River. Along the way, you’ll see landmarks and natural wonders as you learn about the formation of the river from the Captain's narration. Pass the Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville Dam, Native American Fishing Platforms, Wind Mountain, Skamania Lodge, and the Interpretive Center. You might even pass wind and kite surfers along the way. Don't worry if you get a bit hungry while on board you can purchase drinks and snacks on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

3. Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

Escape to the Columbia Gorge on this 2-hour cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Travel through history on an authentic sternwheeler. After boarding in Cascade Locks, you will be taken to your private table on the boat. Then browse the brunch buffet and enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch options. Head back to the buffet as much as you wish during the first half of the cruise. During the last half of the cruise, there will be narration provided of the sights. You will have a dedicated server during the cruise and at any point during the cruise they will be able to help you and will keep the mimosas and coffee flowing.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

4. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on a small group tour with an expert guide in a luxury passenger van. Explore Columbia River National Scenic Area stopping at several picturesque waterfalls typical of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From there, continue along the historic highway deep into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Arrive at the first waterfall of the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt.  Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Next, visit the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and take a short walking tour of an impressive hatchery and sturgeon viewing center. You will also meet the local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route.

Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

5. Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. Discover breathtaking sights like the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and a winetasting experience at a local winery.  Be picked at your accommodation in Portland and relax in comfort aboard a Mercedes Sprinter van as you travel through the verdant landscape of the Willamette Valley which is known for its hazelnuts, berries, evergreen trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Ride into the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the tree line on Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. Spend an hour at the historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression.  Explore the interpretive displays, go hiking, or play in the snow, before heading thorugh the Hood River Valley to a picturesque winery. Eat a farm-to-table lunch while enjoying a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard with a view of Mount Hood.  Learn about wine production in the region and visit 1 other winery in the Columbia Gorge or Columbia Valley areas. Travel through the Columbia Gorge and admire the towering basalt cliffs, before stopping for half and hour at Multnomah Falls. Have time to walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterward, head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

6. Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

Explore the beauty of these unique canyon walls and rock formations, encountering breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Your enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the gorge, while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history. Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Byway, where some of the locations you may stop include the Portland Women’s Forum, the Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

7. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy the convenience of a bus that leaves every 15 minutes. Park your car at the bus depot and relax in a spacious and comfortable bus. Choose between two routes as detailed below. Have the freedom to stop at only the sights that you want to see. Relax and take in the natural wonders of the area while your driver takes you to the next stop. Admire views of Crown Point at the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint or the Art Deco architecture of the Vista House. Go for a hike at Angel's Rest or capture pictures of Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah, Horsetail, or Bridal Veil Falls. Avoid the traffic and hassle of finding parking and take in the sights while your driver navigates for you. Multnomah Falls Express • Leaves every 15 minutes • This route is best for those wanting to visit Multnomah Falls and nothing more. Shuttles leave the Sasquatch lot every 15 minutes and deliver guests without any other stops. Those riding the shuttle are not required to arrange reservations for access to Multnomah Falls • First bus leaves at 8:15 AM • The last return is at 5:00 PM Waterfall Loop • Leaves every 1.5 hours • Thoroughly explore the Columbia River Gorge. The shuttle leaves every 1.5 hours and stops at all the major attractions of the Gorge. You can enjoy extended hikes between attractions or spend the day hopping on and off the shuttle to see them all• First bus leaves at 8:15 AM• The last return is at 5:00 PM Stops: • Portland Women's Forum • Vista House • Latourell Falls • Angel's Rest • Wahkeena Falls • Multnomah Falls • Horsetail Falls • Bridal Veil Falls (from the Sasquatch lot)

Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

8. Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the breathtaking landscape of the western Columbia Gorge. After pickup at your accommodation, travel down Waterfall Alley, known for having the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world during the winter and spring. Stop at a viewpoint where you'll get a spectacular vista of the western Gorge, with the Vista House in the foreground.  You'll have 15 minutes to spend inside the Vista House, the fanciest rest stop in the world. It was built in 1918, and provides interpretive displays and sublime views. Be careful⁠⁠—sometimes the wind gusts to 160 km/h (100 mph). Stop and do a short and easy hike at a cathedral waterfall. You'll feel as if you're in a fairy tale as you walk through rainforest and discover a magnificent rock formation harboring an elegant waterfall and fluorescent-yellow lichen. As you walk through the rainforest, your guide will highlight some of the plants and animals you'll see along the way. As you drive the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, inspired by the Axenstrasse in the Swiss Alps, admire the towering basalt cliffs as you make additional waterfall stops. Explore the tallest waterfall in Oregon during a 30-minute stop at Multnomah Falls, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

9. Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

Go on this flight tour up to Mount Hood and enjoy a unique view. Enjoy a low-level tour past Multnomah Falls and the rest of the Columbia River Gorge. Take a unique flight climbing above the Sandy River toward Mount Hood and over the Mount Hood National Forest. At the peak of the tour, on a clear day, you are able to see Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adam, Mount Jefferson, and of course, Mount Hood. Descend back into the Columbia River Gorge, flying past Oregon’s famous natural celebrities such as Elowah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, and more.  This grand tour showcases some of the best natural landmarks in Oregon.

Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

10. Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

As one of Oregon’s most famous attractions, Multnomah Falls is visited by over 2 million people each year which means there is a lot of crowds and a lot of traffic. So to avoid that, this beautiful landmark can be seen in 360º from the comfort of an airplane. This private air tour is an amazing opportunity to see a beautiful part of the world from a unique vantage point. In addition to the stunning views of Multnomah Falls, you will enjoy views of the Columbia River, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, the Vista House at Crown Point, and more as you fly over the Oregon wilderness. 

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What people are saying about Columbia River Gorge

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 373 reviews

It worked out great! Keenan was a wonderful driver/guide. Most of the waterfalls he told us where to get the best views and waited for us. Multnomah Falls we got off and hiked and we’re able to take the “every 20 minute shuttle” back to the parking lot. I’ll never drive myself again. Great way to avoid all of the traffic. Highly recommend.

This is a one-hour trip on a paddle boat from Cascade Locks to the Bonneville Dam. During the trip, the local history of the area is presented which we found very interesting. If you need a cold beer or a drink, that is available to make the trip a little more enjoyable.

The Sternwheeler vessel was wonderful and the Captain was great with all his history of the local area. I was very impressed!!!!!

If you are looking to see the falls this is the tour to do. Brian our guide was amazing. Just do it.

Dinner was much better than expected for Tourist activity as was service